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Lee Adams


Lee Adams

Lee Adams undertakes serious and complex criminal litigation, most notably white-collar crime and investment fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy cases. He is also noted for his particular expertise in confiscation and restraint cases arising out of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is regularly instructed to investigate and advise on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He is a higher courts advocate and undertakes his own advocacy when appropriate.

“Has a fantastic manner with clients.” The Legal 500 2018

“Lee Adams is described by sources as “an exceptional solicitor, able to win the confidence and respect of clients while remaining on top of every piece of detail on a case, however complex.” He frequently deals with highly complex criminal cases, including gang-related offences, armed robbery and drugs charges.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2017

“Lee Adams has a strong reputation in the criminal defence arena and is known for acting in substantial cases.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2015

“Sources are impressed with his “sensible and pragmatic advice”, which is “coupled with meticulous preparation”.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 

“At Hughmans, Peter Hughman’s team includes the “brilliantly focused” Lee Adams, who is “a joy to work with”.” The Legal 500

Lee has spent his entire career with Hughmans, qualifying in 2008 and becoming a partner in 2012. Lee continues the firm’s commitment to quality, personal service. He is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, and the Fraud Lawyers Association. Lee is also a member of the University of Law Mentoring Scheme.

White-Collar and Business Crime

Lee regularly acts for directors and other company officers accused of wrongdoing. When it comes to investigations carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the Insolvency Service, and other governmental or quasi-governmental agencies, he has represented clients in compelled interviews (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) as well as interviews under caution.

He is experienced in providing advice and assistance to businesses subject to investigations brought under Section 447 of the Companies Act 1985 by the Companies Investigations Branch, a division of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

Lee also has experience of cases brought under the Bribery Act 2010 and of many kinds of investment frauds and money laundering cases.

General Crime

Lee continues to be instructed in conspiracy cases involving serious organised crime, often securing acquittals in very difficult circumstances. He has experience of dealing with drug importations, firearms offences, and sex cases. Lee’s extensive knowledge and keen interest in technology has made him well placed to question expert evidence such as cell siting and probe recordings.

Private Prosecutions

Lee has a steadily growing reputation in the area of private prosecutions. After defending in cases for the past 10 years he is able to see the gaps in a potential private prosecution and advise on whether it is likely to succeed. If a case requires more evidence, he is able to advise and direct investigations in order to gather the material needed to sustain a prosecution.

Criminal Appeals

Lee has a track record of overturning convictions on appeal. He is regularly sought out to provide a second opinion following conviction where the client or their family believe that key evidence was missed or mishandled during the trial.


Acting for a former executive in a police investigation into Bribery Act and conspiracy to defraud offences allegedly committed on the building society.

Multi-million pound diversion fraud committed on public bodies where the proceeds were channelled through offshore banks.

Representing an established accountant in a confiscation case in which the defendant’s liability was significantly limited by successfully preventing the prosecution from lifting the corporate veil. Read more.

Acted in the first ever prosecution by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Operation Cotton. The case involved £4.3m of fraudulent sales of land to the public. Secured fraud acquittals for two defendants and initially successfully applied to have the case stayed as an abuse of process. Read more.

Investigation carried out by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) into a company of arts merchant based in London.

Part V Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (civil recovery of the proceeds of unlawful conduct) involving the sale of timeshares in Spain and reinvestment into the UK property market.

Insurance fraud involving the deliberate destruction of an aeroplane by fire.

Acted for the ‘lieutenant’ in the Metropolitan Police’s largest ever money laundering investigation. The case centred on a West London taxi firm and involved allegations of £100 million pounds of money laundering and large scale drug supply. Client successfully acquitted at trial.

Murder case in which a 14 year old boy was accused of a gangland murder on a joint enterprise basis. Client successfully acquitted at trial.

Initial allegations of large scale mortgage fraud negotiated down to tax evasion, with the result that liability on confiscation was reduced from £2m+ to less than £50,000.

Multi-million pound Ponzi scheme and tax fraud involving the sale of shares in luxury motor vehicles in Suffolk.

Armed robbery in which key evidence was gathered through the use of a covert recording probe placed in the defendant’s van. Case successfully overturned in the Court of Appeal on the basis of the unreliable nature of voice identification.

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London EC4A 4HJ

“The ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘driven’ Lee Adams is recommended for his ‘outstanding client care’.”The Legal 500

Other people

Raphaela Kohs

Paralegal raphaela@hughmans.co.uk

Peter Hughman

Partner pgh@hughmans.co.uk

Liv Mould

Paralegal liv@hughmans.co.uk

Judith Harling-Coward

Solicitor judith@hughmans.co.uk

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